Friday, 31 October 2008
Ngeit and her little daughter Dtouch (we call her Dtouch number 2, to distinguish her from our cook!)
This happy moto I snapped on the phone camera as we were pulling off some traffic lights not far from my house.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Walking out - a huge step for Srourn. With him is Wayne, Frank's (from Hagar) 'brother' who has worked at the Healing Home for the 5 weeks I was away. He has been a huge gift to us - and sadly returns to Aussie this week. Actually Frank does not have a brother - but I only discovered that after getting back here ....
Srourn has happily gone home for three weeks, and will return to us after a big holiday festival in mid-November. We had to get him to the outside road for pick-up. No way was he going in the wheel-chair. He determined to walk the 60 metres - and that he did. It was a great exercise in neighbourhood exposure.
Now, our neighbour opposite has made an approach about a sick family member. Brilliant! We are beyond full at the moment tho' - new people mean every bed is filled and a few family extras are on the floor.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Long this evening. I can put my thumb and finger around his right shin and literally not touch his skin.
Long has a horrible disease that works a bit like HIV, in as much as it attacks his system. We've got him on extra high-nutrition drinks and good big meals as we seek to build up his reserves. I was so moved yesterday too when I got him some ointment - and watched his mum pray over him as she massaged the cream into his sores. The love of a mum is an inspiration in every culture.
While Long is finding his legs, Rin is finding her voice. Rin, remember, is the lady who came to us about 12 weeks ago, curled into a catatonic ball. Upon my return, I find a Rin who sits in the wheelchair, head high and now feeding herself like a front end loader. She still will not talk or respond to anyone when she is spoken to, but she will randomly break out into song. She's got the blues and the neighbourhood know it. The content is apparently a funeral-dirge type lament about her children that she misses so.
My belief is that, for two years, Rin has shut off from this world and formed a world within her imagination. I think that she has made some suspect friends in that world too. Now, as her body becomes stronger, we have the work of bringing her back into our world. She is a work of grace in progress.
Reduced to attacking the nits - Dtouch crunching a few nasties with Long's mum
Monday, 20 October 2008
Aren't kids a great way to start people - Dtouch and Samnang
Together with Rin and Srourn, that makes five patients and three family members. No, make that six patients - Donnie has just phoned in. The nineth bed is taken. With two carers sleeping in the home as well, that leaves us just with one top bunk spare. Here's hoping that grandma Ree does not decide to return in the next day or so ...
They call me 'Chippy' - starting the work of reclaiming a working gate
Friday, 17 October 2008
Dave and Melody drove down through a crunching hail-storm to be at the dinner - and Kara just happened to be in Brisbane with her job that evening. It was such a fun evening. Next (very early) morning Julia took me all the way through to Gold Coast airport. 'Only for you, Kim' she reckons. Thanks a zillion, Julia!
I've not got to the Healing Home yet. It was tea time when I pulled in - one of the best tuk-tuk rides I've experienced. The vehicle was so wasted that it came with a built-in foot and butt massage. I quickly realised why this nice fella was so keen to take my offered price when others turned away.
So, tomorrow will be re-orientation day. I just hope that everyone likes Nurse Kim ...